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With direct flights from 90 minutes up to five hours, there are a number of excellent ski mountains to explore. (Image: Amanda Shapin)

3 ski resorts just a direct flight away from D.C.

The D.C. area has its own great ski scene, but when you’re ready for a change of terrain, it’s easy to get out of town and explore out west or up north. Many of the top US ski resorts are only a direct flight away from DMW airports. Plus, if you're strategic with your booking and have flexible dates, you can snag flights for close to $100 round trip.

Long holiday weekends (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21st and President's Day, February 18th) make for an ideal time to get out of town and head slightly further for the best possible snow conditions. If you're ready to hit the slopes, here are the ski spots worthy of a (direct!) flight.

Burlington, VT (BTV)

For a short flight, head to Burlington, Vermont, just about 90 minutes away with airfare that can be found for under $300 round trip. Upon landing, Stowe Mountain is less than an hour drive from the airport. Book a stay at Spruce Peak, a luxurious slopeside destination offering ski-in ski-out access to the mountains plus an expansive spa and wellness center to recharge at after a day on the slopes. If you don't mind driving a bit further, Killington Ski Resort is a 90-minute drive from the Burlington airport.

Denver, CO (DEN)

Right around four hours, Denver, CO is an ideal wintertime destination. And you can score direct flights just over $100 round trip if you're flexible with your travel dates. Once in Denver, the amazing ski options are endless. Vail and Breckenridge are both about a two-hour drive, or if you prefer a shorter drive, check out Loveland and Echo Mountain, each about an hour drive from the airport. Since you never know how the weather will be on your drive, opt for an all-wheel drive rental.

Salt Lake City (SLC)

While a slightly longer flight at just under five hours with direct options costing around $500, it's worth it to get yourself out to the slopes near Salt Lake City Airport. Within a 50-minute drive of the airport you've got Park City, Deer Valley, Snowbird, Alta, Snowbasin and Brighton. Be aware that Deer Valley and Alta are ski-only mountains, no snowboarders allowed. For a luxurious stay, visit the Waldorf Astoria Park City, perfectly located steps from the Frostwood Gondola with access to Canyons Village base. Make sure to spend some time in Historic Park City with a main street full of top notch restaurants and shopping.

Skip the Flight

Prefer to keep it local and skip the flight? Liftopia recently launched Liftopia Experiences, doing all the work for you. Sign up and you'll receive round-trip transportation and a lift ticket (if you have a season pass you can choose bus-only). There are also options to add equipment and lessons. Liftopia Experiences offers trips starting at $109 from Baltimore to Liberty Resort and from Washington D.C. to Whitetail Resort.